The voices of Northern Heartlands

Discover more about the developments, partnerships and events at Northern Heartlands by reading the blogposts below. We have a small, dedicated team who are working with communities, artists and organisations in many ways across a number of projects. Here you will find insights into these developments and discover more about the work we are engaged with.

Northern Heartlands’ Director, Jill Cole, writes about the Whistle Stop Opera Tour

  • 24/10/2018
Opera Appetiser – a foretaste of our most exciting project ever

Beyond the End of the Road

  • 09/10/2018
Hear Northern Heartlands Director, Jill Cole, tell the story of 'Beyond the End of the Road'


  • 19/02/2018
Ewan Allinson explores Teesdale and the Gaunless Valley chapels and churches.

The Man Engine: a Community Comes Together

  • 02/08/2018
A lyrical account of the Man Engine's visit to Willington

Jill Cole – my mission as director of Northern Heartlands

  • 09/02/2018
Jill Cole, Director of Northern Heartlands shares her views on the project and what it entails….

Northern Heartlands isn’t just a rural landscape

  • 08/05/2018
Geoff Freeman shares urban images of Bishop Auckland and Shildon.

It’s rare that you’ll find people talking about bravery, fun, beauty and inspiration in the context of planning.

  • 08/05/2018
Our Head of Learning and Influence, Emily Diamand writes about our HeART of the Matter speaker and discussion event, Planning – a Participatory Art? on 25 April at Bishop Auckland Town Hall

Altogether Archaeology Update

  • 26/03/2018
Anna Collins discovers more about the project

Northern Heartlands Scheme

  • 07/12/2017
We are passionate about our #GreatPlaceScheme here at Northern Heartlands and we are not alone.

Beamish Museum

  • 04/12/2017
What an amazing place Beamish Museum is!

Auckland Youth and Community centre

  • 04/12/2017
Our Community Co-Ordinators Anna and Tariq recently did a mapping exercise with the young people at Auckland Youth and Community Centre.

The Man Engine in Willington – gallery of photos from the day

  • 02/07/2018
Thanks to Photographer Paul Norris for these amazing shots